Proposed changes at The Street in Chestnut Hill

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There is a pending proposal before the City of Newton Land Use, Conservation and Planning Commissions to change the structures in The Street shopping center in Chestnut Hill. The Chestnut Hill Association has begun to explore this proposal as it affects traffic, noise, and the quality, use and vista of Hammond Pond. The plans include two new structures, each of two stories, that would abut Hammond Pond and a new, underground two story garage. We’re curious about what you might think about this proposed development, so, please, tell us by taking this quick survey.

 

 

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Chestnut Hill Association Meeting May 3rd

Please come to the next

Chestnut Hill Association Meeting

Tuesday, May 3

6:30 pm

Church of the Redeemer

379 Hammond St.  

 Representatives from Boston College will be presenting regarding developments in and around our neighborhood.

 

 

Newton Conservators spring events in Chestnut Hill

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Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am
Walk Around the Waban Hill Reservoir
Reservoir Drive and Woodlawn Drive intersection
Come take a short walk around the Waban Hill Reservoir site, the City’s newest open space, purchased this past spring using Community Preservation Act funds. Once a backup reservoir to the state’s water supply system, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) deemed it unnecessary and disconnected it prior to the sale. This 5-acre parcel in Chestnut Hill now falls under the jurisdiction of the Newton Parks and Recreation Department while the Newton Conservators hold its conservation restriction, ensuring it remains a passive park in perpetuity. The reservoir’s dam is steep but its water is entirely fenced for public safety and the pedestrian entry on Manet Road is accessible, leading to a level 1/4 miles walk on grass. Leader is Carol Schein, City of Newton’s Open Space Coordinator (617-796-1507).
Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.
Webster Woods Walk
Meet at the end of Warren Street
Come and hopefully see the beautiful Lady’s Slipper orchids during a 90 minute walk through the Newton Webster Conservation area, including the Vale and Bare Pond. Leader: BU Professor of Plant Ecology and life-long Newton resident Richard Primack (617-332-1684).
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Sunday, June 12, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Houghton Garden/Webster Invasives Pull
Meet opposite 210 Suffolk Road
We are tackling garlic mustard and black swallow-wort near the entrance of Houghton Garden where it borders the T Track crossing to Webster Woods and near the deer park. Help us keep these invatders out of Houghton Garden! Leader is Katherin Howard, 617-527-1796 (home) or 617-721-2571 (cell).
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Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
Houghton Garden Fern Walk
Meet at the intersection of Suffolk Road and Woodman Road
This garden remains from the Houghton Estate and is now owned by Newton. The garden, lightly managed now, retains a variety of flowering plans and a surprising diversity of ferns. We will see more than a dozen fern species and one club-moss. Leader: Don Lubin (617-254-8464)

Boston College announces plan to build $200 million athletic complex.

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Boston College recently announced plans to build a new athletic complex on its Chestnut Hill campus. The recreational center will be a 240,000 square-foot facility  located at the site of Edmonds Hall on Thomas More Drive, to replace the existing Flynn Recreation Complex.

The University also plans to approach Boston city officials regarding construction of an athletics field house located adjacent to Alumni Stadium.

More details are available here, on the Boston college website, which is also the source of the sketch pictured above.

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Newton Community Farm accepting applications for 2016 summer produce shares

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Newton Community Farm (303 Nahanton Street) is accepting applications from Newton residents until February 28 for available shares in our summer 2016 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  Eat fresh, locally-grown produce from June through October for a  cost per share of $625 for weekly pick-up or $338 for alternate week pick-up. NCF will randomly allocate remaining shares by lottery for applications received at the farm by the due date.  All applicants must be a Friend of the Farm (FOF) to be considered in the process.  Go to www.newtoncommunityfarm.org for more information about the program or to download the application.

The Waban Hill Reservoir Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, November 21st

You are invited to….
The Waban Hill Reservoir Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
with Mayor Warren
Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 AM